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Controlling a Strong Horse
6th Apr 2014   |   General   |   Saferaphus
One of the most common problems many riders have is slowing down a horse that is a puller, or is very forward. The problem may be more noticeable after the horse has had a break, and has stored a little excess energy, like after t ...
The Life of The Coal Mine Pit Pony
3rd Apr 2014   |   General   |   Saferaphus
A long time ago, a friend's mother took my sister and I, and her two daughters to see a Disney movie, The Littlest Horse Thieves. The movie was released in 1976 and was about three children, who on learning that a coal mine's pit ...
 
Take Care of Your Riding Helmet
1st Apr 2014   |   General   |   Saferaphus
Your riding helmet is a very important piece of equipment that helps protect the one part of your body that is very difficult to fix if it gets broken: your brain. Helmets don't require a great deal of maintenance, but they do ben ...
Six Horses in Tennessee Quarantined After Testing Positive for Equine Infectious Anemia
30th Mar 2014   |   General   |   Saferaphus
Six horses in Tennessee have been put in quarantine after testing positive for Equine Infectious Anemia. Horse owners in the state are being advised to test for the virus. Equine Infection Anemia is most commonly spread from horse ...
PETA Video Exposes Horse Racing Drugs and Deaths
28th Mar 2014   |   Shows and Events   |   Saferaphus
Have you watched a video released by PETA called Horse Racing's Daily Double: Drugs and Death? It's a 9 minute exposŤ of the horse racing industry's use of drugs to enhance performance and mask injuries and lameness. The video sta ...
Preparing for the Spring Trail Rides
26th Mar 2014   |   General   |   Saferaphus
As spring slowly breaks here in the northern hemisphere, many of us will finally be able to access trails that have been deep in snow for the last few months. Even some people who are normally able to head out have been slowed dow ...
Why I'm Jealous of My Horse
25th Mar 2014   |   General   |   Saferaphus
I don't like to complain, but there are a few things that make me jealous of my horse. I probably wouldn't want to be a horse, but if I were, these things would make me happy. I'll admit I have accumulated a lot of shoes over t ...
10 Diseases You Can Catch From Your Horse
23rd Mar 2014   |   Care and Grooming   |   Saferaphus
When we're working around horses, we tend to share a lot of germs with them. Who else but a horse owner would eat a sandwich with one hand, while brushing their horse's tail with the other? We've all done it and probably haven't c ...
Horse Blanket Measuring Tricks For a Perfect Fit
21st Mar 2014   |   General   |   Saferaphus
It may seem like a strange time of the year to be buying a turn-out rug, but spring is when many tack shops are clearing out their winter stock and warm winter rugs are on sale. Just like buying yourself a coat, it's important tha ...
So Miley Cyrus Doesn't Like the Horse Carriage Trade
19th Mar 2014   |   General   |   Saferaphus
What do Bo Derek, Liam Neeson, Willy Nelson, Alec Baldwin, Gloria Steinem, Lea Michele and Miley Cyrus have in common? Yes, they are all celebrities. But, they are also celebrities who have spoken out about horse welfare issues. B ...
How to Fight Back Mean Girls at the Barn
17th Mar 2014   |   General   |   Saferaphus
So we know one way someone became a mean girl, and what it's like to be bullied by a mean girl (or boy). Most of us feel like we've been bullied at one time or another, and it can be a very hurtful experience. So, what do you do a ...
Mean Girls at the Stable - The Making of a Mean Girl
15th Mar 2014   |   General   |   Saferaphus
When my daughter and I first met Jessica, she was quite a normal little horse crazy girl. Actually, horse crazy doesn't quite describe the enormity of her love for horses. So when she joined the Pony Club my daughter belonged to, ...
Illinois State Junior Horse Show
14th Mar 2014   |   Shows and Events   |   Uphill Climb
For almost three years I leased a mare named Queenie. Recently, Queenie and I competed at the Illinois State Junior Horse Show in a few different classes. Our first class was Hunter Horse Over Fences and it was not very pretty at ...
The Impossible - The Story of Choc - Part 5
12th Mar 2014   |   Horse Stories   |   Polo the Weirdo
There were just two options - A second surgery to remove the plate that had been put in just eight months earlier, or... Putting Choc down. All at once, I was thrown back into a nightmare from which I had barely awoken. Had we rea ...
The Impossible - The Story of Choc - Part 4
10th Mar 2014   |   Horse Stories   |   Polo the Weirdo
The next few weeks of her recovery were full of ups and downs. The wound would begin to heal, and then infection would set in again, and once more Iíd have to wait, scared to death, while they tested to see if it was in the joint. ...
The Impossible - The Story of Choc - Part 3
8th Mar 2014   |   Horse Stories   |   Polo the Weirdo
To me, putting Choc down was never an option. For a horse so full of life, and so eager and ready to take on her next challenge and fight to keep living, it would just be wrong to take away that chance. This, of course, left two o ...
The Impossible - The Story of Choc - Part 2
6th Mar 2014   |   Horse Stories   |   Polo the Weirdo
When I got to Choc, she seemed relatively unscathed. There was barely a mark on her elbow, just one little cut, and yet she could barely put weight on it when she walked. The vet had been already, and said to monitor her for two d ...
The Impossible - The Story of Choc - Part 1
5th Mar 2014   |   Horse Stories   |   Polo the Weirdo
So I promised that I would write an article if Choc ever recovered from her surgery, and two gruelling years later, here we are. It has been a bumpy road with a lot of twists and turns along the way, but in the end, looking back a ...
Dream Holidays on Horseback
4th Mar 2014   |   General   |   PonyBox
It seems like it's been winter for about ten years now. I'm trying to remember if I've stumbled through the back of a wardrobe and ended up in Narnia. Right now, a holiday on horseback in a warm place sounds just about right. I've ...
The Last Days of our Celebrity Horses Explained
3rd Mar 2014   |   Horse Stories   |   Saferaphus
Like human celebrities, horse celebrities come and go. Most retire to greener pastures, while a few go on to other careers. Here's a look at a few famous horses and what they did after their fame waned. Everyone knows that Roy ...
A Horses Guide on How to Train Your Human
1st Mar 2014   |   General   |   Polo the Weirdo
Well, I suppose itís now or never. The first thing you have to realize is that training your human from the ground is not enough. Good ground manners and special awareness in a human are important, but these behaviours seldom carr ...
Build Your Horse a Pasture Paradise
27th Feb 2014   |   Care and Grooming   |   Saferaphus
Caring horse owners have always done their best to keep their horses safe, healthy and happy. As we learn more about the natural needs and habits of horses, we've been able to adjust how we look after them. We now understand that ...
Care and Signs of an Aging Horse
25th Feb 2014   |   Care and Grooming   |   Saferaphus
I just realized that my horse is eighteen years old now! That means she's entering her senior years. Many regard fifteen as senior. Most horses don't know this however, and continue to preform with the vigor of a youngster. But in ...
Why Horses Should Not Be Used As Service Animals
23rd Feb 2014   |   General   |   Saferaphus
Last September, the state of Arizona officially recognized horses as service animals. Horses are already used in many different places, and seem to be gaining acceptance. A service animal is one who assists a person with a disabil ...
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